COVID-19: Information about local Supply Stores, Restaurants, Businesses, Churches
Local stores are experiencing an overwhelming demand for supplies, such as toiletries and food. The following is an update of any changes being implemented at these stores, or notifications of supply shortages.
Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations — from 8 to 9 a.m. — be dedicated to senior shoppers. Additionally, all stores will close an hour earlier, at 8 p.m., to allow employees to clean and restock shelves.
Garrett Country Mart
Shopping in Store
Due to the current situation with product shortages worldwide, Garrett Country Mart is placing limits on some items, so there are products available for as many customers as possible. Please respect those limits. Also due to limited supplies, Garrett Country Mart will produce a scaled down ad for the next several weeks.
During this time, Garrett Country Mart will be unable to provide or honor rainchecks.
Let Country Mart assist you if you plan to shop in store:
• Shoppers with limited mobility can ask store associates for assistance.
• Feel free to call ahead and see if there is a certain item in stock.
• Assistance to your vehicle will be provided.
Please note, that business hours may be adjusted to give time for stocking of product or sanitizing.
As of Thursday, March 19, Garrett Country Mart is working on getting delivery services available for the elderly, sick or quarantined customers. Customers – within the city limits – must pay with a credit card and give two options for each item wanted, as Country Mart is experiencing shortages.
Please turn in your order by noon on Fridays, and one of our employees will do a drop and go delivery to your door. Garrett Country Mart requests that there is no person-to-person contact at this time, and observe the social distancing of six feet. A receipt will be stapled to the delivery on Friday afternoons. Contact Garrett Country Mart with questions or orders at 785-284-2167.
Other Things to Note
Garrett Country Mart is currently staggering cashiers to adhere to social distancing requirements.
Garrett Country Mart is also spraying down carts with sanitizing water daily. Also, there are gloves available for customers and staff in the entryway of the store.
Garrett Country Mart is also asking customers not to bring in their reusable bags until further notice.
Hearthside Country Store
Hearthside Country Store will be closed for in-store shoppers. Orders can be placed for curbside pick-up. Place orders by calling 785-284-0303, or texting 785-285-2310. Credit card information will be taken for payment.
Orscheln Farm and Home
Orschlen Farm and Home is currently open for normal business hours. In light of COVID-19, Orschlen has put barriers between customers and employees. There are also safe zones and waiting lines, to keep customers and employees six feet away from each other.
The store is out of paper towels and toilet paper.
Orschlen reminds their customers to be mindful and not to come in if they are sick. Orders for items can be placed and paid for over the phone, and the orders can be delivered to cars.
Emergency Grocery Delivery System
Nemaha County Senior Services has established an Emergency Grocery Delivery System. If you live in Nemaha County and need groceries delivered from Ray’s Grocery Store in Seneca, Haverkamp Grocery in Centralia and Garrett’s Country Mart in Sabetha, please call your city’s grocery store.
For more information please contact Senior Services director, Diane Yunghans at 785-336-8011.
Adjustments are being made to local dining options, due to safety precautions to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus.
All-Star: All Star Convenience Store is not currently offering salad bar or hot dogs. Pizzas and fried food are being made to order. Call ahead to place an order, and carryout is available.
Brick Street: Brick Street Furniture Co. + Wine Lounge is currently offering carryout only from their regular menu. Curbside pick up is available upon request. Brick Street’s store hours have changed to Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Buzz Café: Buzz Café is now open 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, for carryout and delivery only. They are currently taking orders off the regular menu and daily specials menu. Orders can be called in as early as 9 a.m. See menu and daily specials on their Facebook page. Buzz Café is also making 9×13 casseroles for purchase. See options on their Facebook page.
Casey’s General Store: Casey’s hours have remained the same, but the store has implemented some changes. Employees have to hand customers food from the warmers, and customers are not allowed to bring in refill cups anymore. There are no donuts being kept in the donut case, but donuts are still available throughout the store. Customers are also not allowed to stand in line at the sub counter. Sandwich orders have to be made online. Food carryout is still available, and curbside pickup is available as well.
Country Mart Deli: There are no changes currently being made to the deli.
Downtown Coffee: Downtown Coffee is open during their normal hours and are carryout only. Please call ahead at 785-300-9999, and your order will be ready when you get here.
El Canelo: El Canelo is currently closing at 8:30 p.m. and is carry out only.
Meals-On-Wheels: The Meals-On-Wheels program continues to deliver meals to residences in Sabetha. Please call 785-284-0027 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, for additional information.
Pizza Hut: Sabetha Pizza Hut is currently open during their normal hours. Carryout and delivery is still being offered, and curbside service is available upon request. Pizza Hut will also leave a delivery on your porch if asked to. Please prepay with a credit card if you want curbside service. The salad bar and buffet is not available. Pre-packaged side salads are being offered for carryout and delivery. Call 284-2117 or visit www.pizzahut.com to place an order.
Sabetha Country Club: The Sabetha County Club is offering carryout orders only. Orders must be called in, or they can sit outside and wait for their order to be done. Customers are allowed to go in and pay. Beer and wine is available and can be taken outside to the patio.
Sabetha Nutrition Center: The Sabetha Nutrition Center is currently offering their menu as carryout only.
Southside Bar and Grill: Southside Bar and Grill has changed their hours from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are also offering carry out and delivery. Call 785-300-3333 to place an order.
Nemaha County Restaurant Closure
The Nemaha County Board of Health and Local Health Officer issued an order closing all restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and movie theaters effective at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2020. All establishments are able to continue to provide food and beverage delivery services, carryout and drive-through. For more details, please visit the Nemaha County website at http://ks-nemaha.manatron.com/.
Alcoholic Beverage Control
By statute, the Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is granted discretionary powers in the interest of public health and welfare. On Thursday, March 19, Debbi Beavers, Director of the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control, sent guidance notices to alcoholic beverage distributors and liquor stores concerning COVID-19.
A memo to state liquor licensees outlined a provision made to allow curbside sales to customers. There must be a designated “to-go” parking area located within 50 feet of the entrance of licensed premises. Sales outside of that radius are strictly prohibited.
The guidance also extends current law that allows restaurants to package alcoholic beverages with a tamper-resistant seal and accompanied with a receipt. This will allow bottles of beer and wine in the original container to be sold curbside along with meals.
This memo to liquor licensees can be viewed at https://ksrevenue.org/pdf/abccurbsidememo.pdf.
A separate memo to alcoholic beverage distributors said alcoholic liquor purchased for an event that is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns may be returned without the Director’s approval and not be considered in violation of Federal law regarding consignment sales.
The memo also does not require a direct signature for delivery by distributors. Instead, distributors are required to print the first and last name of the delivery recipient and mark their own initials next to the recipient’s name.
The memo to distributors can be viewed at https://ksrevenue.org/pdf/COVID19abcdistributormemo.pdf.
The Division has taken a proactive approach and is in the process of extending all liquor licenses that expire now through April 30, 2020, for an additional 30 days to ensure licenses do not expire during this time.
Through the Sabetha Chamber of Commerce, The Herald requested information from local businesses regarding changes being made during this time. Responses are included below.
Aberle Ford: Aberle Ford has taken extra steps to disinfect their showroom and are still open to the public for normal business hours. Aberle Ford is still able to pick up and deliver vehicles for service as in the past. Ford Motor Co. is also giving customers an extra $100 if you purchase a new vehicle and it is delivered to your house.
Amber Bletscher Wealth Management of Florida (Sabetha): Amber Bletscher is accepting in-person meetings on a case by case basis, with preference to Zoom meetings. Her hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Tuesday evening 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 11 a.m. For concerns about upcoming retirement and family or college life changes, Bletscher has increased her financial planning capacity and is offering a no-cost initial meeting and reduced fee, financial planning and monthly subscriptions.
American Family Insurance: American Family Insurance is limiting public access to their office and is working remotely with some staff. There is no change in hours, but will assist if necessary by going to the client. Email, Social Media, Text and Phone calls are also options for contacting an employee. Hardship payment options will be available for the next 30 days.
C&K Services: C&K is continuing “business as usual” as long as they can. However, if customers are exhibiting any Coronavirus symptoms or just not wanting to take any chances but still need assistance, they can call from their car or put their keys in the drop box beside our front door. C&K will take every precaution with disinfecting their keys, steering wheel, door handles, gearshifts, etc. when we enter and exit the vehicle.
Dr. Allan Ross: Dr. Allan Ross’s office will be closed for routine dental care. If you have a dental emergency, call or text 785-285-0857. Other inquiries or business can be directed to 785-284-3010 or 785-285-0857.
Dr. Terry Whitten, D.D.S.: Dr. Terry Whitten’s office is not seeing patients – unless it’s an emergency – until April 1. The business will re-evaluate the situation at that time.
Edward Jones: The Edward Jones office is locked for face-to-face appointments, but is still open during normal business. They will talk via phone calls, text messaging or online messaging.
Kansas Insurance: Effective March 20 for the health, safety and well-being of the Kansas Insurance customers, employees and community, their office is temporarily performing business primarily via internet and phone until further notice. For payments or short transactions, customers can call ahead and someone will meet you at the door. For an appointment or brief face-to-face meeting call 785-284-7611.
Main Street Auto Supply: Main Street Auto Supply plans to stay open until further notice.
Meadowlark Extension District: Effective March 23 through April 8, the Meadowlark Extension District Offices in Holton, Oskaloosa and Seneca will be closed to the public. All employees will be working from home and will be available via office phone, cell phone and email during our regular business hours, which is 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If health conditions improve after April 6, the offices may reopen with restricted availability to the public until May 18, 2020.
Morrill and Janes Bank: The Morrill and Janes Bank lobby is closed to the public.
MT Designs Boutique: MT Designs Boutique is closed to the public. Live videos will occur every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to showcase items in store on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mtdesignsboutique. All items are listed on the website, www.mtdesignsboutique.com, and customers can use code “LOCAL” for free shipping on the website. Email [email protected].com to set up a time for delivery – in Sabetha only – or schedule a pick up of items.
NEK-CAP: All Early Head Start and Head Start Centers and Outreach locations in northeast Kansas are closed to the public. The agency is trying to support individuals and families in need through the online Kiosk for applications, and will follow up by phone or email. Please go to www.nekcap.org for more information and updates.
NorthWind Technical Services: NorthWind is currently open for business, but their office is closed to all visitors. Half of all NorthWind employees are working remotely from home. All non-essential U.S. business travel is on hold until further notice. For employees who must travel, NorthWind is enforcing a home-quarantine of 14 days when they return. NorthWind’s international office, located in Costa Rica, has also implemented the same policies.
Sabetha Hardware Hank: Sabetha Hardware Hank is open and operating all services. They are now offering same day delivery service on all products, as well as curbside pickup. Call them at 785-284-2108.
Sabetha Health Mart: The building is closed to the public, and the soda fountain is closed until further notice. Health Mart is offering free in-town delivery, curbside pickup, and mail service for prescription, over-the-counter orders and front-end inventory. In most cases, Health Mart is waiving the signature requirements for prescription pickup. Patients can call 785-284-3414 and use option 5 to speak with the clerk.
Sabetha Community Hospital: Sabetha Community Hospital (SCH) has locked all doors and is asking patients to enter through the old ER or the main front doors. The hospital is screening all patients who enter the facility, logging their name and asking them to apply sanitizer before entering. They also are discouraging visitors at this time. SCH, Sabetha Family Practice and Nemaha County Home Health and Hospice is still operating at regular hours. The Outpatient Therapy Department continues to see patients, as well as providers in the Outpatient Specialty Clinic at this time. Cardiac Rehab is closed this week and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. If a patient is experiencing a fever and/or cough and would like medical direction, they are asked to call before coming to the clinic or hospital. The phone number for the clinic is 785-284-2141, and the phone number for the hospital is 785-284-1529.
Sabetha Health and Wellness Center: As of 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, the Sabetha Health and Wellness Center will be closed until further notice.
Sac and Fox Casino: Sac and Fox Casino will be temporarily closed until March 30 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. At that time, the Casino will re-evaluate their position.
Saylor Insurance: The Saylor Insurance office is closed to the public. Staff is available to answer phones and emails. Some staff may work from home on certain days. If customers must come in, they need to call 785-284-3435, or email us at [email protected]com, and arrangements will be made.
The Sabetha Herald: The Sabetha Herald office will be closed to the public until further notice. Employees will be working remotely from their homes during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Please call us at 785-284-3300 or email us at [email protected]
Village Sampler: Effective March 23, Village Sampler will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Customers can call 785-285-1717 for emergencies and funeral floral work.
The Herald reached out to local churches regarding services and activities during this time. The information from those who responded is available below.
Bern-Oneida-Seneca United Methodist Churches: In-Person church events, including Sunday services, have been canceled through the end of March. The situation will be re-evaluating at that time. The sermon will be recorded and sent to Channel 2 for Seneca veiwers, and live streamed on the Seneca United Methodist Church’s Facebook page for all members of the three churches. A weekly update newsletter will be sent to parishioner emails. Wednesday confirmation classes will be conducted through WhatsApp Conference calls. Youth Bible studies in Seneca and Oneida are canceled until further notice. The Nemaha Network meeting will be conducted through Zoom Conference.
Calvary Baptist Church: Number of services reduced. Service will be offered only at 11 a.m. this Sunday.
Catholic Parishes: Daily and Weekend Masses have been suspended at this time.
Crossroads Wesleyan Church: Sunday services are canceled on March 22 and March 29. The situation will be re-evaluated moving forward. The Men’s Small Group will continue to meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
Grace Bible Church: Services and activities are canceled through March 29. Information on streaming will be updated on the church website, www.gracebiblechurchmorrill.com, when information is available.
Northeast Kansas Lutheran Partnership: Lenten services on Wednesday evenings have been canceled, and church services have been canceled through March. Services will be broadcast on KNZA at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Services also are available on Facebook.
NorthRidge Church: Gatherings, activities and services have been suspended through May 10. A live streamed service will be offered at 10 a.m. on Sundays at www.northridgesabetha.com. Also, video updates will be posted on the church’s Facebook page.
Sabetha First United Methodist Church: All activities — including Bible studies, women’s meetings and youth activities — and services have been suspended through the end of March. The situation will be re-assessed on a month-by-month basis. Worship will be live streamed at the normal service times. Parishioners are encouraged to look at materials and studies from Right Now media, through which the church has a church-wide subscription.
Trinity Church of the Brethren: Services, Bible Study and mission service day have been canceled through the end of March. The sermon will be recorded and presented on the local television channel and on Facebook, via First Presbyterian in Hiawatha.
Woodlawn Baptist Church: Services are canceled through the end of March. The situation will be re-assesed at that time. No other activities are planned.
Brown County Courthouse
As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, the Brown County Courthouse will be closed to the general public until further notice. Out of concern for Brown County employees and the general public, this was decided by the Brown County Commissioners at a special meeting held Thursday, March 19. There will be staff in each office to answer the phones and work up mail.
Brown County encourages the public to take advantage of their online services. If you have questions, call any of the following numbers: County Clerk’s Office, 785-742-2581; County Treasurer’s Office, 785-742-2051; Register of Deeds Office, 785-742-3741; Appraiser’s Office, 785-742-7232; or District Court, 785-742-7481.
Check the Brown County website or Facebook page for courthouse updates. The public can sign up for email notifications on the County’s homepage.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office
Please see Brown County Sheriff John Merchant’s column regarding procedures on Page 5A of this week’s Herald.
Nemaha County Courthouse
Effective at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20, the Nemaha County Commissioners are limiting public access to the Nemaha County Courthouse, and all other county departments and offices, as a preventative measure to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
All doors of the Nemaha County Courthouse will be locked. Individuals wishing to schedule an appointment with a county office shall contact the office by telephone. Appointments only will be scheduled when it is not possible to transact business by telephone, online or by mail, and the nature of the business is time sensitive. Those who desire to deliver documents to any county office may do so by utilizing the drop boxes located inside the south doors of the Nemaha County Courthouse.
These provisions will remain in effect until modified or rescinded by the commissioners.
Nemaha County Commission Meetings
Effective Monday, March 23, the Nemaha County Commissioners will be live streaming their meetings on Facebook at 9 a.m. each Monday.
Anyone who would like to meet with the commissioners may do so by scheduling an appointment with the Nemaha County Clerk at 785-336-2170. All meetings will be conducted by telephone.
If you have any questions, either prior to or during the meeting, please call the Nemaha County Clerk at the same number.
“We apologize for any inconvenience,” said Nemaha County Attorney Brad Lippert. “Our intent is to keep meetings as public and transparent as possible, while still protecting the health, safety and welfare of all Nemaha County citizens.”
Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to contact the sheriff’s office by phone for any non-urgent reporting or questions. If it is necessary to meet with an officer to complete your report, the sheriff’s office will make the necessary arrangements. Do not come in person unless necessary.
Vehicle Inspections will be done by appointment only for Nemaha County residents. Please call 785-336-2311, and the sheriff’s office will assign an officer to meet with you. As always, if you have an emergency call 911 for assistance.